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May 10, 1947


JAMA. 1947;134(2):206. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880190094022

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To the Editor:—  The article in The Journal, March 15, by Majors Nagler and Rangell dealing with "Peroneal Palsy Caused by Crossing the Legs" brings to mind an interesting experience while I was serving at Borden General Hospital, Chickasha, Okla. In mid-July 1945 the hospital neurologist and I were assigned to investigate an outbreak of "paralysis" in a German prisoner of war camp at Alva, Okla., where some 5,000 Germans were maintained in four compounds (one officer, two noncommissioned and one enlisted man). During the months of June and July about 35 cases of peroneal palsy, chiefly unilateral, erupted in the officer and noncommissioned officers' compounds but spared the enlisted one. The main distinguishing feature between these groups was the fact that the enlisted men worked in the camp and neighboring farms while the other groups were inactive.A constant finding was weight loss ranging from 10 to 25 pounds

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